Poison Creek Trail is a small urban trail that walks along the edge of downtown Park City. This trail is paved for the entire length so it is wheel-friendly. There are also some very interesting stops along the way.
Trailhead access for Poison Creek Trail begins by the Old Town Transit Center. From the end of Heber Ave we went behind Handle’s and found the paved trail easily (there was even a sign). Check out the screenshot below to get your bearings. You can access the trail at a few other spots as well. The trail travels slightly downhill and follows the creek. You can follow the trail as far as you want, but we walked about a mile down and a mile back.
Shoe Tree Park
The first interesting stop is Shoe Tree Park. This tiny park is wedged between some apartments and a steep hillside. Hundreds of shoes hang from the trees in the park. We’re not sure how or why they got there, but it is a great place for some pictures.
A little further down the trail there is a stop for some music. Kids can play a few large home made instruments. These instruments are made of wood and old car parts. The brake rotors rang as clearly as bells, but the wooden xylophone and other pieces were nice, too. Just across the path there are some really interesting fish sculptures, too.
Park City’s City Park
Just a little more walking and you’ll arrive at a park for the kids. It is fully fenced because no dogs are allowed, but there are plenty of monkey bars, climbing toys, and swings. This stop broke up the hike nicely, as we actually stopped on the way back up the trail instead of the way down. This is another spot where you can hop on or off the trail.
There are also some great tunnels that you pass through on the Poison Creek Trail. Each tunnel is beautifully painted, and our boys wanted to pose with every section. It was at the tunnel painted with vintage cartoon characters that we finally turned around. This was nearly a mile into our trip.
We really enjoyed this urban hike. Poison Creek Trail was the perfect way to get away from busy downtown Park City without getting too far away from busy downtown Park City! Check out our list of other things to do in Park City.